Let’s never accept that risks are inevitable

Let’s never accept that risks are inevitable

Each day every one of us is faced with the fundamental challenge of safety at work. Wherever we are, our daily concern must be to protect the physical well-being of every individual.

Each and every one of us is responsible for risk prevention and safety

Each person’s role and responsibility have been defined at SADE for each of the management, design, preparation and construction tasks on a site.

In every SADE entity, a staff member dedicated to risk prevention is specifically responsible for implementing and monitoring this policy through worksite visits, safety discussion groups, etc, in close conjunction with the Committees for Hygiene, Safety and Working Conditions.

The network of these coordinators organised by the SQE (Safety, Quality and Environment) Department ensures universal knowledge sharing to avoid dangerous situations, allowing everyone to benefit from individual input and improve risk prevention in the organisation.

Appropriate training sessions  

In support of the company’s commitment to the promotion of Health & Safety and the improvement of working conditions, a considerable budget representing almost 50% of the total training budget is allocated to Safety’ training.


Health & Safety requirements and expectations are accompanied by the permanent availability of suitable technical resources for both individual and group protection.

Results OHSAS 18001

The resources and methods implemented have brought results that are much better than those registered within the profession: SADE’s accident rate is more than three times less than that of the profession (Public Health).

Aims and objectives  

“Zero Accidents” is the sole objective: every day, every month and every year, many of the company’s entities are proving that this is possible.

Protection of personnel

SADE personnel are fully provided with all the necessary certified personal protective equipment, the wearing of which is mandatory.
In addition to the standard equipment (safety helmets, noise protection, safety footwear, reflective safety vests, safety glasses, gloves), employees are also equipped with specific items such as multipurpose gas detectors, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), gas masks or self-rescue masks for personnel working in enclosed spaces  (sewers in use, pumping stations, valve chambers).
Specially equipped vehicles – with brackets, tripods and load arrestor winches, forced ventilation for air recycling – ensure a maximum level of safety during these interventions.
Personnel working under these conditions are subject to appropriate medical examinations and specific training.

Ongoing risk evaluation and training

Overall, risk prevention and safety training represents each year a significant part of the industrial accident training programme.
The accident frequency rate on 31 December 2011 was 18.78. In addition to the Single Risks Evaluation Document (S.R.E.D.) covering its activities, present in each of its establishments, SADE draws up an Individual Health Protection and Safety Plan (I.H.P.S.P.) for each General Coordination Plan (G.C.P.) issued.
All operational personnel are continually trained with general instructions concerning work, site traffic, use of protective equipment (collective and individual), first aid in the event of an accident (fire or evacuation of personnel) and with specific instructions for sites or works involving particular hazards.  
SADE trains approximately 20% of its staff as occupational first aid workers.

Protection of users and residents

SADE gives the highest priority to the safety of utility subscribers, residents and passers-by, pedestrians and vehicles.

The SADE Charter of behavioural and technical regulations
contributes towards ensuring the safety of the public in the vicinity of worksite through: 

  • signposting and systematically fencing-off excavations;   
  • installing crossings for pedestrians and vehicles;   
  • securing worksite materials and equipment;   
  • organising pedestrian traffic in built-up areas;   
  • analysing traffic context – types of road encountered, road width, amount of traffic, that can lead to:
    • either installing  alternating traffic lights
    • or placing ‘traffic signal operators’, the term used to designate personnel assigned to direct alternate road traffic.

SADE teams always take great care to take into account residents’ constraints (for example, a residential car park’s entrance and exit times), and to provide practical daily information.    

Concerned with continually checking the correct application of these provisions, SADE organises a large number of worksite inspections every year.    

Prevention of risks associated with utility networks

Interventions on networks are regularly carried out in the immediate vicinity of other utility networks (gas and electricity in particular). The need to operate sometimes urgently and often without precise mapping of underground networks makes it necessary to comply with stringent provisions: 

  • the systematic implementation and monitoring of procedures for requesting prior information from local authorities;
  • the strict management of DICTs (declarations prior to commencing work);
  • the systematic training of personnel in network detection and safe working practices.

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